One of the fastest rising prospects in the state of Illinois for the 2013 class is Crete-Monee (Ill.) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and this weekend the 6-3, 200-pound prospect will travel downstate to see Illinois.
"I'm looking forward to a great fan base and to see the Illini's campus," Treadwell said of the visit.
This will be Treadwell's third college game visit of the fall. He has previously attended games at Michigan and Notre Dame, and has at least one more trip scheduled this season.
"I'm going to that Michigan versus Ohio State game," he said. "If any other schools offer me, I will look at going down there and seeing what I like."
Michigan and Notre Dame have already offered, with those offers coming through last month. Both schools have followed up on their offers with constant communication in recent weeks.
"I still keep in close contact with [Notre Dame coach] Chuck Martin," Treadwell said. "He's a pretty funny, cool guy and laid back. Overall, a great coach.
"I still talk to the [Michigan] coaches every day and they send me handwritten letters talking about me being a part of their team."
Treadwell's Crete-Monee teammate, three-star class of 2012 defensive back Anthony Standifer, has already made a commitment to Michigan. The two occasionally talk about college, but mostly challenge each other to become better.
"He just has been telling me to work out with him in the off-season so I can be right for next year and he can be right for college," Standifer said. "We actually compete a lot, and that's what makes us such great players."
Treadwell posted very solid numbers as a sophomore, catching 49 balls for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. That pales in comparison to his junior year stats, however. In 10 games this fall, Treadwell recorded more than 1,300 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.
"I think I have progressed a lot since last year," he said. "I was watching film of myself a couple weeks ago from last year and this year, and I think I have gotten much better.
"I asked a couple coaches what they like about my game and they said my size, my speed and my change of direction."
Besides Illinois, Michigan and Notre Dame, Treadwell is receiving early interest from the likes of Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Auburn and Alabama. He is already preparing his game plan for handling the recruiting process, and has a decision date in mind.
"I will take a lot of visits over the winter and spring and commit before I play my first game next year or before my first practice," Treadwell said.
Treadwell and his coaches are now preparing more junior year film to be sent out to schools over the next few weeks.